By 2022, Only These 12 States Will Tax Social Security Benefits

14th November 2019

Americans rely on their Social Security benefits to cover a big portion of their expenses in retirement. Yet even though people have payroll taxes withheld from their paychecks throughout their careers to pay for Social Security, some retirees then have to turn around and pay federal income taxes on their benefits. Adding insult to injury, a handful of state government tack on their own state income taxes on Social Security….

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World’s largest Starbucks opens Friday in Chicago. What to know about the Reserve Roastery

13th November 2019

CHICAGO – The largest Starbucks in the world opens Friday in the Windy City. The location will open Nov. 15 on Magnificent Mile as the company’s sixth and final Reserve Roastery, an immersive, theatrical experience dedicated to roasting and brewing small-batch coffee from around the world. Somewhere between a shrine to beans and a Willy Wonka’s of coffee, the Roastery features three coffee bars, a cocktail bar and a selection…

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Twitter says it may warn users about deepfakes—but won’t remove them

13th November 2019

The news: Twitter has drafted a deepfake policy that would warn users about synthetic or manipulated media, but not remove it. Specifically, it says it would place a notice next to tweets that contain deepfakes, warn people before they share or like tweets that include deepfakes, or add a link to a news story or Twitter Moment explaining that it isn’t real. Twitter has said it may remove deepfakes that…

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13 Mind-Blowing Things Artificial Intelligence Can Already Do Today

12th November 2019

By now, most of us are aware of artificial intelligence (AI) being an increasingly present part of our everyday lives. But, many of us would be quite surprised to learn of some of the skills AI already knows how to do. Here are 13 mind-blowing skills artificial intelligence can already do today. 1.Read Is one of your wishes to save time by only having to pay attention to the salient…

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AI Can Tell If You’re Going to Die Soon. We Just Don’t Know How It Knows.

12th November 2019

Albert Einstein’s famous expression “spooky action at a distance” refers to quantum entanglement, a phenomenon seen on the most micro of scales. But machine learning seems to grow more mysterious and powerful every day, and scientists don’t always understand how it works. The spookiest action yet is a new study of heart patients where a machine-learning algorithm decided who was most likely to die within a year based on echocardiogram…

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No more fire in the kitchen: Cities are banning natural gas in homes to save the planet

11th November 2019

SAN FRANCISCO – Fix global warming or cook dinner on a gas stove? That’s the choice for people in 13 cities and one county in California that have enacted new zoning codes encouraging or requiring all-electric new construction. The codes, most of them passed since June, are meant to keep builders from running natural gas lines to new homes and apartments, with an eye toward creating fewer legacy gas hookups…

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Scammers favor malicious URLs over attachments in email phishing attacks

9th November 2019

Emails containing malicious URLs made up 88 percent of all messages with malware-infested links and attachments, underscoring the dominance of URL-based email threats. The findings — disclosed in cybersecurity firm Proofpoint’s quarterly threat report for the month ending September — reveal the evolving sophistication of social engineering attacks targeting users and organizations. “Email-based threats are among the oldest, most pervasive, and widespread cybersecurity threats hitting organizations worldwide,” Chris Dawson, Threat…

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This incredible limited-time Hilton Honors credit card bonus is one of the best we’ve seen

9th November 2019

People seek out and ultimately sign up for credit cards based on a whole host of factors. Perhaps affinity to a brand or perks that will especially reward a frequent traveler. One of the most attention-getting determinants is often the up-front reward, the welcome offer of bonus points that can range into the six digits — a number like 100,000 welcome points (and more) that makes a card offer easily…

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Don’t pay more than you actually owe: 4 costly tax mistakes to avoid

8th November 2019

No one likes to pay taxes, and you definitely don’t want to pay more than you actually owe. Unfortunately, the tax code is really complicated in the United States, so it’s far too easy to make a costly mistake. Simple errors could cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars if you don’t get things right the first time when dealing with the IRS. To help you avoid errors that could…

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Amazon Ring doorbells exposed home Wi-Fi passwords to hackers

8th November 2019

Security researchers have discovered a vulnerability in Ring doorbells that exposed the passwords for the Wi-Fi networks to which they were connected. Bitdefender said the Amazon-owned doorbell was sending owners’ Wi-Fi passwords in cleartext as the doorbell joins the local network, allowing nearby hackers to intercept the Wi-Fi password and gain access to the network to launch larger attacks or conduct surveillance. “When first configuring the device, the smartphone app…

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Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant Can Be Hacked Remotely With Lasers

7th November 2019

Many consumers already have privacy reservations about giving Apple’s Siri, Google Assistant, or Amazon Alexa access to intimate details of our daily lives. New research isn’t likely dissuade them from that opinion. Researchers in Japan and the University of Michigan this week announced that they’ve discovered a way to compromise Siri, Google Assistant, Facebook Portal, and Alexa digital home assistants from hundreds of feet away using laser light and even…

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NBA’s new streaming service lets you watch some games without going broke

6th November 2019

Baseball is done, the NFL season is about halfway over, and hockey is probably happening somewhere. But most importantly, the most interesting NBA season in years just began, and the league just revealed an affordable way to legally stream some games. The NBA announced on Tuesday morning that it’s launching a subscription service for NBA TV, the league’s cable channel. For $6.99 per month or $60 per year, you can…

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